PhD candidate in the field of carbon electrodes for work on emerging battery technology with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA) has a vacancy for a PhD position related to the development of an emerging battery technology based on aluminum anodes and carbon cathodes. The research project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is a “collaborative project for technological convergence related to enabling technologies”. NTNU and the SINTEF research institute are research partners in the project. Industrial partners will also contribute by providing materials and acting as project advisors.

The PhD position will focus on carbon cathode studies, with the goal of identifying the best combination of carbonaceous materials and electrolyte composition. The work is mainly experimental, involving that electrochemical measurements are combined with the characterization of electrodes before and after cycling in order to understand the charging and discharging processes.

Job duties

  • Characterization of laboratory-scale materials and battery cells using state-of-the-art infrastructure at the Department of Materials Science
  • Presentation of results at project meetings and national and international workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of scientific articles

The candidate should actively participate in the battery community at NTNU and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, including mentoring and co-supervising Masters students.

Travel to conferences, meetings and workshops may be expected as part of the position.

Selection criteria required

  • You must have relevant professional training in chemistry/electrochemistry, materials technology or physics.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the Master’s program, or an equivalent background, equal to or better than B on the NTNU grading scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you have a lower academic level, you can be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for doctoral training.
  • You must meet the admission requirements for the doctoral program of the faculty
  • Hands-on experience with relevant experimental techniques related to the electrochemical characterization of electrodes and battery cells, or similar devices
  • Experience (hands-on) with one or more relevant materials characterization techniques (i.e. XRD, SEM, FTIR, Raman or similar)
  • Solid theoretical training in the field of electrochemistry
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research National guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experience with HSE procedures
  • Scientific writing experience

Personal characteristics

The candidate we are looking for must be motivated to undertake an innovative PhD project. In addition, emphasis will be placed on communication skills, as well as collaborative skills.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Doctoral students are paid according to code 1017, and are normally paid gross from NOK 491,200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The duration of the commitment is 3 years, with the possibility of extension up to one year with 25% teaching load in agreement with the department.

Appointment to a doctoral position requires that you be admitted to the doctoral program in materials science within three months of your employment and that you participate in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

It is a prerequisite to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated on the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

The request must include:

  • A cover letter in which the candidate describes his personal motivation and his relevance to the requirements of this announcement.
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted. Applicants from universities outside Norway are requested to send a diploma supplement or similar document describing in detail the study program and the grading system.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a thesis project. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented prior to taking up the position.
  • Required documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Name and address of three arbitrators

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

According to the Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ann Mari Svensson, telephone 98230450, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number NVD-107/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.04.2022

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We are Norway’s leading teaching and research environment in the fields of materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science. Together with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes. Activities in our disciplines are vital for going green. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline April 22, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service

Jessica C. Bell